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Let's start off with what we do know. We know iOS 6 will be shown off at WWDC this week. The banners are in place showing off the new logo design -- still dubbed the "world's most advanced mobile operating system."
But nobody knows what's actually in it.
iOS, the operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, is expected to have different mapping software and some changes to the App Store. The iPad may have Siri pre-installed, while all devices are expected to receive some level of Facebook integration following on from Apple chief executive Tim Cook's recent comments.
Let's have a quick run through.
- Also see: 20 things we want in iOS 6
Maps, maps, maps. For years, Apple used Google Maps but has fallen out of favour with the search turned mobile giant following a string of lengthy lawsuits targeting the rival mobile operating system. Blame the patent system or those who abuse it? Nobody knows.
Google recently announced its own map improvements; likely preempting Apple's own upcoming pitch to developers. Apple will probably include new 3D technology along with step-by-step directions and other bits and bobs for software makers to play with.
Twitter grew massively following iOS 5's release. It was the first social network to be included with Apple's mobile operating system, despite Facebook having more than six-times the users at the time of its release.
Following Tim Cook's comments that users and developers should "stay tuned" regarding Facebook integration, iOS 6 could include tight Facebook integration just as Twitter was in iOS 5. It would make sense: Apple has to cater to its users and as the vast majority use Facebook, it makes sense to embed it as part of the software.